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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon
Photo Information
Copyright: Bala Raman (kobala) (42)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-08-18
Categories: Nature
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-14 12:28
Viewed: 1751
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw this Peregrine Falcon in show called “Birds in Motion” in Grouse Mountain (near Vancouver). I was attracted by its sharp eyes and the yellow cere ( base of the upper beak) . I was taken aback when I saw its eyes and beak through the viewfinder. It stood still for a minute looking at me and then flew off majestically.

It is one of the fastest birds and according to National Geographic , the highest measured speed of Peregrine Falcon is 389KM/hr (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peregrine_falcon ).

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Another cute expression and also beautiful warm lights and details well done BALA ROMAN

Not a bad effort, Bala.

Very strong, intensive glare from the bird, with some good definition and detail in the feathers.
Good focus on the beak/eyes, and i like the fact the bird is active in as much as the wings are not tucked up making it look like it's about to get airborne, which it did a few seconds after you caught it on camera.

The fully automatic camera settings have slightly spoiled the shot I think, and the white balance is off which makes the shot artificially warm. Was this shot taken under canvas perhaps? There is a very strong colour cast which could have been compensated for by selecting a different white balance setting for indoor shots under any artificial lighting.

The colour cast is easily fixed though, and I've done a workshop showing the change, which i think enhances the image, bringing out a more natural colour of the bird's plumage.
All I did was adjust grey levels.

Nice subject though, and i've enjoyed staring at this one for a while now.


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  • lauro Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 5 N: 78] (874)
  • [2014-08-14 14:25]

Hi Bala,
In deed, the stare seems mesmerizing and the pose is somewhat majestic, although I think it wouldn't hurt to enhance the eyes a bit in post.
Overall it's a well achieved and attractive image, with an excelent bokeh and clever composition.

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2014-08-14 16:15]

Hi Bala
Great capture of this beautiful bird and I did like "Mad Hatter's review and WS

Hello Bala, sharp focus on the head and chest; I like the way that the falcon is looking straight at you.
The workshop is interesting and complements your shot.
Tfs, regards Jean.

  • Good 
  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 121 W: 44 N: 32] (2229)
  • [2014-08-15 12:35]

Hi Bala
Amazing gaze and clear details.

Nice capture. I love the intense stare. The focus is absolute.

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